Last week was another solid one for my fantasy studs as Alex Smith, Matt Forte, Jeremy Maclin and Shayne Graham all had solid weeks. In many leagues, this is the first week of playoff games. While some leagues start the playoffs next week, starting it now would make more sense as you would have the chance to get points out of your key players who’s teams have already clinched homefield advantage such as Peyton Manning. This is crunch time for fantasy owners and hopefully I keep my positive momentum going another week.
QB: Joe Flacco vs Lions: While Flacco put up huge numbers right out the gate, he hasn’t been very productive these past few weeks. That should change against a poor Lions defense where opposing quarterbacks have an average quarterback rating of over 100. Expect around 230 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Jamaal Charles vs Bills: After taking over Larry Johnson’s starting role, Charles has emerged as a very good fantasy option over the past few weeks. He now goes up against a struggling Bills rush defense and with his versatility should have a solid day receiving as well. Expect around 130 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Davone Bess vs Jaguars: If you are in a points per reception league, chances are you already know how valuable Bess is. Even though he only has one touchdown catch for the year, with his high reception total he is good for at least eight to ten points a week. Now he is coming off a 100 game and goes up against a banged up Jaguars secondary. Since Bess has a knack for getting open, he should have plenty of opportunities this game. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Dustin Keller vs Buccaneers: Before the season started, many thought Keller would be in for a huge season with a rookie quarterback in Mark Sanchez helm. While he showed signs the first few weeks of the season, he has had some games where he is held to five yards. With Kellen Clemens starting for the injured Sanchez, Keller could be in for a big day against a vunerable Bucs defense. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Josh Scobee vs Dolphins: Scobee has been very inconsistent this season but after a strong game against the Texans, he could be worth taking a flier on this week against a Dolphins defense where he could get some opportunities. Expect around two extra points and two field goals.
DEF: Packers vs Bears: The Packers defense has played well of late and now play against a Bears offense that has struggled to say the least. It’s hard to think of a fan base that has turned on a possible franchise quarterback as fast as the Bears with Jay Cutler. Yes, he has thrown 20 interceptions on the season but it’s not like he has an all world supporting cast or offensive line in place either.
With that being said, look for Cutler’s interception total to rise this week as the last time these two teams met in week one he threw four. Expect around four sacks and three interceptions.